Located in Shaw, Espita is exploring the food, drinks, and culture of southern Mexico
Driven by a quest to surface authentic flavors and techniques, Chef Rob Aikens and Beverage Director Megan Barnes are constantly pushing their teams to research and create. They fuel their creativity with inspiration from their many travels to Mexico, bringing home memories and people they want to honor with their food and drink.
We specialize in Oaxacan cuisine seen through the lens of the Mid-Atlantic. You will not find traditional Oaxacan dishes here. Instead you will find authentic Oaxacan flavors and techniques applied to the beautiful seasonal bounty of our region, creating a unique experience only available here. Come try DC’s best tacos, tlayudas, & mezcal.
Food is the story of people. Espita is our story about the people we've had the honor to meet on our journeys and how they've impacted us.
Shaw’s best Happy Hour
At Espita, we think Happy Hour specials should actually be special, so we offer our full selection of tacos discounted for the occasion, our “Mayahuel” (a.k.a. mezcal margarita) and perfectly made margaritas for half price, a shot + beer special, and an assortment of other delicious treats. Swing by after work (or dip out early) and say hi. We’re here for you. You deserve it.
Our happy hour is available wherever you feel comfortable: in our bar, on our heated patio, or in our dining room. You choose. Make a reservation below, or just stop in.
* contains peanuts, tree nuts, or shellfish. please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions so we may prepare a proper menu for you.
Enjoy a cocktail from our RAMMY winning cocktail team led by Washington City Paper's 2018 "Bartender of the Year", Megan Barnes
Our collection of mezcal is constantly evolving as mezcal is made in small quantities. We generally have about 100 different choices on our menu and many that are so hard to source that they never hit paper. Talk to our team about their favorite expressions. All mezcal is served in 1, 2, or 6 oz pours with an accompaniment of sal de gusano and oranges.
OUR BAR TEAM
Megan Barnes, James Simpson, Kim Klinger, Pedro Tobar, Jordan Utz, Joe Schilling
Call (202) 621-9695 from 2p – 10p daily, or book online with OpenTable.
Lunch (M-F) is first come first serve with no reservations available.
Our main dining room is wheelchair accessible through our main entrance. There is a step, but also a ramp at the main entrance entrance. Since our patio is at a higher elevation than our dining room, to access the patio, there is an entrance from the street to the patio itself.
We are happy to accommodate service dogs in our dining room and patio. Please let us know in advance to ensure we have a table available with space for your companion. If you’d like a bowl of water for them, don’t hesitate to ask. We love pups!
Our bathrooms are gender neutral and one is fully ADA compliant with plenty of space to maneuver.
If you have a disability that needs special accommodation, we will do everything in our power to ensure you have a wonderful dining experience. Let us know in advance if possible, so we can ensure the best possible visit to our restaurant.